Germany Is Eliminated In The Round Of 16, While Japan And Spain Both Advance

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Japan’s 2-1 upset of defending champion Spain was yet another thrilling result; Spain advanced to the quarterfinals despite the loss, since Germany’s 4-2 victory over Costa Rica didn’t improve the Germans’ goal differential.

Japan shocked the world by topping the group of death at the present FIFA World Cup 2022 by claiming victories against Spain and Germany. The defending champions, however, were eliminated before advancing to the quarterfinals.

Despite finishing with the same number of points as Germany, Luis Enrique’s squad advanced because to a superior goal differential.

In the first half, Spain grabbed the lead on a magnificent header from Alvaro Morata, but Japan quickly equalised in dramatic fashion.

Within three minutes of the resumption of play, Japan were equal thanks to a goal by Ritsu Doan, who capitalised on bad defence from the reigning champions to steal the ball on the outside of the box and score in the top corner. Just three minutes after Europe had equalised, Japan took the lead thanks to a goal from Ao Tanaka.

Despite their best efforts, Spain was unable to produce any scoring opportunities against the resolute Japanese defence. The Japanese team knew that allowing another goal would send them tumbling.

Germany, the defending champions for the fourth time in a row, were eliminated from the tournament after playing a must-win game and depending on the results of Japan’s match against Spain.

At the outset of their last group stage match, Germany jumped off to an early lead thanks to a curling shot from Serge Gnarby that placed them ahead of Costa Rica.

Both teams came out swinging in the second period, but the scoreline remained unchanged before halftime.

After Yeltsin Tajeda’s goal just after halftime tied the game, Costa Rica went on to take the lead thanks to an own goal by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 70th minute.

Shortly after, Germany’s Kai Havertz retaliated, levelling the score. Even though Havertz scored again in the 86th minute and Fuellkrug scored another in the 89th, bringing the score to 4-2, Germany fell to Spain in the group stage due to goal differential.

On Monday, the winner of Group E, Japan, will face the runner-up from the last World Cup, Croatia. On Tuesday, the winner of Group F, Spain, will face Morocco.

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